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Abbas may refuse to meet with Pence over Jerusalem declaration

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesperson suggests PA leader won’t meet with US Vice President Mike Pence after President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

“Jerusalem is more important than the American administration and we will not give up on it in return for a meeting with the US Vice President,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh tells Al Jazeera.

Pence is due to meet the Palestinian president in the second half of December on a regional tour.

Palestinian leaders have been so outraged over Trump’s decision they have argued it disqualifies the US from its traditional role as peace broker in the Middle East conflict.

— Dov Lieber

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